Rancho Alamitos and running back Jeff Byrd, in particular, had great seasons but finished an extra point away from winning the Division VII Southern Section championship. Sunny Hills beat Rancho Alamitos, 14-13, on a late touchdown run. The Vaqueros had taken a 13-7 lead two minutes earlier on a Byrd run, but missed the extra point because of a bad snap.
Byrd, who will play at Columbia this fall, rushed for 190 yards against Sunny Hills and 328 against Lompoc in the semifinals as part of a Orange County-record 2,596 yards in a single season.
Rancho Alamitos linebacker Leon Vickers and defensive back Marshall Brown, who have gone on to Stanford and Fresno State, also had big years. Vickers was named the league’s defensive player of the year and first team all-county, and Brown was selected first team all-county.
Garden Grove advanced to the Division VII semifinals, despite forfeiting four games during the regular season for using an ineligible player. The Argonauts were led by running back Jim Sebreros, the league’s offensive player of the year in 1991 and ’92. Sebreros, who is playing at Fullerton College, ran for 1,827 yards and 27 touchdowns in 13 games in 1992.
Kennedy was outscored by Garden Grove and Rancho Alamitos, 74-13, but still went 8-3-1 and advanced to the second round of the Division VII playoffs. Los Amigos pulled off the league’s biggest upset, beating Rancho Alamitos, 18-17, in the Vaqueros’ only on-field loss of the season. Rancho Alamitos had to forfeit a 42-0 victory over Troy for using an ineligible player.